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American Express Membership Rewards transfer rate to Marriott Bonvoy confirmed

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This is not unexpected, but it is good to have it confirmed.

The American Express Membership Rewards hotel transfers page (click here) has been updated to show that transfers to the new combined Marriott / Starwood programme will go through at a 2:3 ratio.

It erroneously shows as ‘3 Starpoints’ instead of ‘3 points’ but I’m sure Amex will fix that.

This is as we expected, as the old ratio to Starwood was 2:1 with Starwood to Marriott at 1:3.

In theory transfers should restart from today after a suspension whilst the Starwood / Marriott IT merger was completed.

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Comments (160)

  • Ben says:

    OT – does anyone know if Virgin (New card, noit MBNA) treat a Revoult top up as a purchase or cash advance. Same for Creation IHG?

    Thanks in advance

    • h2d says:

      Recent Creation IHG Revolut top ups have been treated as a cash advance – this was not the case previously

      • Ben says:

        Thanks – Anyone able to advise on the Virgin Card?

        • Louise says:

          I did it a few weeks ago but haven’t checked my statement yet

        • Louise says:

          I realise that may seem like I’m being unhelpful, will check my statement tonight and report back!

        • Louise says:

          Ben can confirm the Revolut top up I made at beginning of month from virgin card is treated as purchase

    • Relaxo says:

      Revolut top-ups being treated as a purchase as of last week. Useful for paying my driving instructor!

  • Jonathan says:

    Does Amex Platinum still give 5k points for the first supplementary card?

    • paulm says:

      Yes offer Showed for me when I logged in to my account this morning.

    • Anne says:

      Worked for me last weekend, no offer showing but 1st supp added to new account and 5k posted the nest day.

  • Ian M says:


    For most cities that I search on the new Marriott app (with blue logo) it only shows Starwood properties. No Marriott hotels showing

    • paulm says:

      Happened a few times to me, I just searched again and it seamed to work

  • Tom says:

    OT: I am flying back from NY with Delta. Can anyone confirm whether I can access the Virgin clubhouse when flying Delta One? Thanks in advance

    • Tom says:


      • KevMc says:

        It looks like you can, yes

        Clubhouse lounge access: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge access is available at select locations to Delta One® passengers, Upper Class passengers, and Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion Members with a same-day nonstop transatlantic flight between North America and the U.K. that is operated by Delta or Virgin Atlantic. Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members may access Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses in London-Gatwick, New York-JFK, Newark, Washington-Dulles, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco Airports. Gold Medallion Members may only access Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses within the U.S. (New York-JFK, Newark, Washington-Dulles, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco Airports). Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion Members are allowed to bring one guest. While access to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in London-Heathrow is not available to Gold Medallion Members, these Members may enjoy access to No1 Lounges, Heathrow at LHR’s Terminal 3opens in a new window. Please travel with and be prepared to show proof of your Medallion status to the Virgin Atlantic representative to receive these benefits.

      • thehornets says:

        Don’t forget you can also use the Virgin arrivals lounge at Heathrow too.

  • Del T says:

    Can someone help me with my confusion. I have just got a SPG card as you currently get 30k SPG points signup bonus. I tried and failed to get a SPG account (it forces you to have a Marriott account) which AMEX cannot currently link to the card! – that is another issue

    Are my current SPG points (30k) worth 30k Avios? also when my Amex account is finally linked to my Marriott account will my then SPG(Marriott) points still be worth 30k Avios?

    • Del T says:

      Also I forgot to add if I transfer 20k SPG to Avios you get a 5K bonus… What happens to this after the merge?

    • Genghis says:

      The 30k points you see for the SPG Amex are Marriott “new points”.
      In the old scheme, they were worth 10k avios (+25% if convert in increments of 20k old SPGs). In the new scheme, they’re convertible to avios and will still be 10k avios (+25% if convert in increments of 60k new points).

  • Rob MC says:

    Rob any word from Marriott/SPG regarding platinum premier for those who were platinum from the platinum challenge? I recall you completed it purely to become platinum premier… I have 3 bookings at a Sheraton beginning tomorrow

    • Rob says:

      Nope …

    • mike says:

      +1. am also very interested in this topic if anyone know the answer

    • James says:

      A Marriott Rewards rep confirmed very clearly with me before the merger that my Platinum Status from completing the Plat challenge last year would convert to Plat Premier in August and would be valid until 2019. (Which I have in an email)

      As with others my status is now only showing Platinum Elite, so emailed Marriott the other day as have a number of stays coming up so wanted it sorted.

      They replied today from a customer care rep saying as I had not stayed 75 nights last year and got my status from the challenge I would not get Plat Premier. I replied, also sending them the email where I was clearly told I would receive Plat Premier and waiting for a reply now.

      Am hoping this is just a case of this customer care rep being misinformed and this will be sorted out soon. Otherwise I think this would be an extremely poor move by Marriott

      • N says:

        If this is successful, could you share the email that had this in writing please? I’m in a similar position. Was expect PP but got Plat, but have nothing in writing!

  • Anna says:

    OT but Hilton. Currently on my first stay at a Hilton Garden Inn (near Washington DC) as a gold HH member. The hotel is half empty and there are suites showing at less than the price I paid for a standard room (rookie mistake, I should have checked, cancelled and rebooked 3 days out) but we were emphatically refused an upgrade citing “availability”. I thought they were more generous to HH members in the US?!

    We had a lovely stay at a Homewood Suites for our first 3 nights though, even though booked via 3rd party, the free breakfast and hot drinks 24/7 saved us a fortune! Would thoroughly recommend for a family.

    • Kai says:

      Hilton Garden Inn is explicitly excluded from room upgrades even for Diamond members.

      • Anna says:

        I’ve not seen that – but the manager did say it was due to availability, not that it’s not a benefit at HGI.

    • S**mo says:

      “Everybody” in the US has HH status! – Expect nothing!

      • Anna says:

        I’m not now! They also tried to charge us all for breakfast and even though it’s classed as an “airport” hotel, their shuttle doesn’t start running till 6 am so we’ll have to pay $15 dollars for a taxi as we have an early flight tomorrow!

  • Nick G says:

    OT – how long does it take for a Marriott stay to post normally….not been to one for a while and it’s been a week now?

    • Stu N says:

      Allegedly 2-3 days. I have a stay from
      3 Aug that hasn’t posted yet…

    • Sanya says:

      I had a stay checking out on 3rd August and it hadnt posted till yesterday. I filled in the missing stay sheet on the Marriott website and it has posted today.

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